For 2020 only the traditional Burghley Young Event Horse Competition went 'virtual'. Open to four and five year olds judges were looking for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude which, with correct training and production, will develop physically and mentally into a strong three-day event horse. The rider and the facilities were not judged, only the horses potential to make a top class three day eventer.
Horses were asked to perform a simple dressage test (30 marks available). A jumping round of 7 or 8 jumping efforts to include 3 at maximum height (1m for 5yo and 0.90m for 4yo) and a double combination (40 marks available). Finally the horse was judged on conformation and Quality (marks out of 12 for conformation and 8 for quality).
The winner is that with the highest overall marks from three sections: Dressage, Jumping and Conformation & Quality.
Click on the videos below to watch the top 5 horses in each section perform.